re·lieved | \ri-ˈlēvd \

Definition of relieved 

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ri-ˈlē-vəd-lē \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.

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When the friend arrived, Marfil Estrella looked relieved. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 Zayn instantly appears relieved, his shoulders unclenching and his brow de-furrowing. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 Emery has just recently been relieved of his task of managing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, and had flown in to London for talks earlier in the day on Monday., "Wait, What? Twitter Gets Really Confused as Monday May 21 Sees a Night of Big Change at Arsenal," 21 May 2018 The conversations in the greenroom after the show are more relieved than euphoric. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 On the mound: Joe Jimenez, who allowed three runs in one inning of relief in Monday’s 5-4 loss to the A’s, relieved Fiers in the eighth. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers befuddled by Oakland Athletics 3-0 in 8th straight loss," 27 June 2018 Carlos Quieroz was both a happy and a relieved man after seeing watching his team snatch all three points at the very latest against Morocco in their Group B opener at the 2018 World Cup on Friday., "Carlos Quieroz Hails 'Beautiful' Result As Iran Steal Lead in Group B With Late Win," 15 June 2018 So LeBron James finally leaves the NBA East and there is relieved cheering and merriment across the conference, like when the Munchkins of Oz were finally rid of the scourge of the domineering Wicked Witch. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Melo to Miami? How Heat’s interest in Carmelo Anthony reveals one team’s desperation," 11 July 2018 His wife, more agitated than relieved, was waiting for him outside the Guatemalan air force base here. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "'What if I lose her forever?' In Guatemala, a couple fears for their child still in detention in U.S.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief

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a state of commotion or excitement

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